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Mining scam: CBI questions Jagan

In an attempt to divert attention from him, YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy - questioned in connection with the illegal mining by Obulapuram Mining Company by the CBI - on Friday said TDP chief N Chandrababu had approved the mining lease to the company during the latter's tenure as CM.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2011 01:42 IST
Ashok Das

In an attempt to divert attention from him, YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy - questioned in connection with the illegal mining by Obulapuram Mining Company by the CBI - on Friday said TDP chief N Chandrababu had approved the mining lease to the company during the latter's tenure as CM.

Jagan, who was grilled for over two hours at CBI's Hyderabad office on Friday, told interrogators that Naidu had allotted 64 acres of mine on lease to Rammohan Reddy of OMC way back in 2002.

He submitted a copy of the GO to the CBI sleuths and urged them to summon Naidu for questioning.

CBI sources said Jagan was questioned in detail about his links with companies such as RR Global and Red Gold, which had stakes in OMC and invested in Jagan's media companies.

The Lok Sabha MP from Kadapa told the media waiting outside the CBI office that he was called as a 'witness' and not an 'accused' by the CBI.

He asserted that even after one and a half years of investigation, the CBI had not found anything against him and had recorded his statement only as a witness.

While Jagan was being questioned inside, his supporters created ruckus outside and tried to barge into the agency's office. They also threw stones at security personnel manning the gates.

The police had to use batons to dispersed the mob but not before some furniture belonging to the CBI office were damaged.

Meanwhile, continuing their investigations into the mining scam, a team of CBI officials led by SP Subramanyeswar Rao raided Associated Mining company and Deccan Mining company offices at Bellary, Karnataka on Friday.